The Abuse Neglect Proceeding. Identifying the Father within the Case

A putative father must establish paternity before he is entitled to notice of child protective proceedings. In re Gillespie, 197 Mich App 440, 443-446 (1992) Since a legal father who is not a party to the proceeding, (i.e., was not cited for abuse or neglect), is in priority position to receive an interim care and custody order during the proceedings, it is essential to establish his paternity / parental status and to get him included in the proceeding and to get his parental status confirmed as soon as possible. This blog post is a guide to tutorial and resources ("The Toolkit") to assist lawyers representing a parent in a child abuse and neglect case to establish paternity and protect paternal rights in the proceedings.

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